I like bad ass women. You probably know this if you’ve read any of my blogs. These women come in all shapes, ages and professions. I don’t seek them out but sometimes one hits me over the head with their bravery, tenacity or grace… like this one did. This is the first interview in which I plan to do a series of women who inspire me. This piece is about a 25 year old woman, Sinea who I met through one of my good friends. When I first met her a few months ago, there was something about her, some sparkle and intelligence which prompted me to act like an old lady and say “Oh sweetheart, I wish I had it together like you when I was your age.” When you start calling people “sweetheart” and using phrases like “when I was your age”, well, it’s time to throw in the towel and just own the fact that you are now THAT girl. Shortly after we met. my friend (who is a family friend of Sinea) informed me that on Saturday May 23rd Sinea had been in a horrible car accident in Mexico and was at UCLA hospital with multiple injuries. The driver was in a coma with a 50/50 chance of survival. My heart sank. After 3 weeks in the hospital, Sinea was ready to come home and her family was unable to provide a place for her to stay. So my friend opened up her home to Sinea … Continue reading

My fav photos from Paris/Amsterdam

“The world is round people!”

Last night, I was watching the Oscars and like many of us was moved by Cate Blanchett’s acceptance speech. She said that we need to stop clinging to the idea that women centric films don’t make money. I couldn’t agree more. Mainly because it isn’t true… they do make money and people (men and women) want to see them. In trying to get my feature film made, I can’t tell you how many times in the last 6 months I’ve heard comments that all stem from this “idea.”  Here are some of them. 1) Women mean nothing in foreign sales 2) Female perspective films are difficult to sell 3) Yeah but SHE can’t get us our money 4) We can’t cast Mom until we cast Dad 5) If we make the Dad character bigger than the Mom character maybe we can get him to say yes Cate Blanchett thinks this has to change. Which is why she chose to speak about it during her acceptance speech for the Oscar. I was reminded last night during the Oscars about the influence that movies have on society. Film is such a powerful medium to discuss taboo subjects, politics, heroism and the ugly side of humanity. It is a business of entertainment but it is so much more than that. Mostly, it’s a kind of emotional bravery. From the actors who work for scale and lose 30 pounds for a role, to the producers who put second mortgages on their houses to continue … Continue reading

The Flash Man

My black Lab passed away on Oscar night earlier this year. My friends and family know that he is my favorite thing about my life so far. And now… you know it. I’m ready to talk about how much he meant to me, and if you’ve lost a pet I hope you can relate and feel comfort in the fact that you are not alone. I got Flash when he was 5 weeks old. I was 19 and he was the first thing in my life that I had to be responsible for. I welcomed the responsibility. They say the good ones pick you. He absolutely did that. He was in a kennel with about 9 other pups and he jumped and kissed my hand through the gate. He was mine. For the first two years of his life, he terrorized me. He ate my undies and my bras and even ate 25 laser discs. That’s right, I said “laser discs.” Even though he was a pain in my ass, I was so in love with him and we did everything together. You know what I’m talking about. The kind of pup who rides shot gun and feels entitled to everything you put in your mouth. He ate everything in sight. The best was when I had a party and I would wake up to find that Flash had cleaned the table. He ate whole cakes and half a large pizza on the regular. And he NEVER threw up. That … Continue reading